Recycling service for cartridges

BRITA – Good for you, better for the environment.

Recycling has always come naturally to us

Recycling for us is NOT a fad. We have been recycling since 1992. Recycling cartridges has been an integral part of our manufacturing process for the last 15 years and something that we, at BRITA, are truly proud of!

We make it easy for you to 'do your bit' for the environment!
Now recycling cartridges is easier than ever. In partnership with a number of high street retailers, we have initiated a BRITA Retail Recycling scheme across the UK. To find out more, just contact BRITACare on 0844 742 4800 or simply enter your postcode in the recycling locator.

How are BRITA cartridges recycled?
A BRITA cartridge is made up of three materials: The plastic body and the filtering material, which consists of activated carbon and ion exchangers. The plastic material is pre-cleaned and then ground. The resulting plastic granulate is supplied to the plastics industry for renewed processing for various purposes. The activated carbon and ion exchangers are carefully separated. The activated carbon is returned to the manufacturer where it is reactivated in special installations and made available for other uses such as waste water treatment.
The ion exchangers are subjected to a chemical and thermal 100% recycling and purification process at our own plant. At the end of this process, the ion exchange resin fulfils all the quality demands that are expected in functional and hygienic terms of new, freshly produced ion exchanger resin. The ion exchange resin is then reused for the production of household water filters.

How about the CO2 balance sheet?
You may be wondering about the transport costs. In fact, we use the same logistics chain that keeps the stores stocked with BRITA cartridges. So no additional fuel is burnt to bring back used cartridges. In fact, by avoiding empty hauls, we improve the CO2 performance per cartridge.

As for the recycling process itself, it requires considerably less energy than the transformation of crude oil into plastic. In any event, it's better than using the costly material only once and then dumping it into landfills.

Where can you recycle BRITA cartridges?

To find our where your nearest store is, enter your postcode in the recycling locator below.

Recycling Locator